Peru – Rainbow Mountain Hike

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2 Days / 1 Night
Quesiuno, Peru
Min Age : 10

The Rainbow Mountain of Peru, also known as Vinicunca, and is one of the most stunning places in our country. It is located on the spectacular Ausangate, which is a mountain of the Vilcanota Mountain range in the Andes of Peru. This mountain is considered a holy mountain or Apu, which means spirit of mountain. From pre-Inca times, to the current Aboriginal people, farmers, Llama and Alpaca herders who still live in the area, they worship this mountain. It has always been a main deity of Cusco, we are amazed that these Inca traditions are still alive. Ritual ceremonies and paying offerings to Ausangate are still present to this day. Most treks require at least 6 days of hiking to see the Rainbow Mountain, but we have created a 2 day option, so you can see more of Peru.

This fantastic 2 day tour with trekking will take you through the beautiful landscapes with views of glaciers, snowcapped mountains and crystal clear rivers and lakes. You will pass by the local village if Quechua, whose descendants live in beautiful land adobe style homes. You will also have the chance to enjoy the magnificent views of the Ausangate Glacier(6385m/20945ft). This is the highest mountain in the Cusco region. The trip is suited for anyone, but those who truly love an outdoor adventure, will specifically enjoy the Colors of the Rainbow Mountain.


We will pick you up early from your hotel in Cusco and set out on a drive through the South Valley. The drive to the trailhead at Quesiuno (4,326m/14189ft) is approximately 3 hours. Once we reach the Inkintuyoc bridge, our chef will cook us an amazing breakfast.

After breakfast, we will load the gear onto the horses and begin our hike uphill. We will follow a lovely river stream, you will be surprised by the herds of alpacas and llamas that will be seen. During this hike we will constant have views of Ausangate Mountain, along the hike we will see local villages. There will be many opportunities to see chinchillas and vicunas. Fun fact- vicunas are the only non-domesticated animal of the llama family in Peru.

After 3 to 4 hours, we will reach our campsite Ccayrabiri which is near the village of Llamachimpana. Our chef will prepare a fantastic lunch, and after lunch as long as time permits we will go visit one of the local families in the village. They will tell us about their daily lives, their customs and weaving heritage. They enjoy sharing the history of the place they call home to all trekkers. Once we return to camp, we will enjoy happy hour and dinner. Once night falls, we will have a wonderful night sleeping under the stars.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner + snacks
  • Lowest Elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 4,598 m / 15,082 ft
  • Distance to walk: 4 km / 2 ½ miles
  • Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hours
  • Level of Difficulty: Challenging

Once we wake up, we will enjoy a hot cup of coca tea and views of the gorgeous sunrise. Our chef will prepare another amazing breakfast. Our destination today will be the Rainbow Mountain, it will be a 2 hour hike uphill. On the way we will have many views of the stunning red mountains, known as the Ausangate Glacier and the Sunshine Mountain.

Finally, we will reach our destination…it will feel like you are dreaming with the stunning, vibrant views of the Rainbow Mountains(5020m/16446ft). We will have 30 minutes to explore the area, take in the environment, and of course take plenty of pictures.

Once it is time to head back to our starting point, we will hike downhill it will take about 4 to 5 hours. Once we arrive back our chef will have a very delicious lunch waiting. Following lunch, we will embark on the 3 hour bus ride back to Cusco and will drop you off to your hotel. Approximate time of arrival is 7pm.

  • Meals: Breakfast/Lunch + snacks
  • Lowest Elevation: 4,326 m / 14,189 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 5,020 m / 16,466 ft
  • Distance to walk: Uphill: 3.5 km / 2 miles; Downhill 7 km / 4 ½ miles
  • Approximate walking time: 2 hours up; 4 to 5 hours down
  • Level of Difficulty: Difficult

Services Included

  • • Professional English speaking tour guide (additional 2 guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • • Professional English speaking tour guide (additional 2 guide for groups of nine people or more)
  • • Pre-Departure Briefing at your hotel 1 or 2 days before your trek.
  • • Pick up from your hotel and transportation to Quesiuno and return transportation with hotel drop off at your hotel
  • • Tent for one person and tent for every 2 people.
  • • Air Mattress and pillow
  • • Kitchen tent
  • • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • • Toilet tent and portable toilet
  • • Professional Chef and assistant chef
  • • Mules and horses to carry all the equipments (food, tents, chairs, table, etc)
  • • Horse to transport 8 kg of your personal gear
  • • Duffle bag for your personal gear
  • • Two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner
  • • Hot water for washing up
  • • Boiled and cold water to fill up the water bottles.
  • • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.

Services Not Included

  • • Sleeping bag – you can rent one from us
  • • Trekking poles – you can rent them from us
  • • Tips for the crew (guide, chef, wranglers)
  • • Travel /Health / Emergency insurance

What to Bring

  • • Original passport (if you have acquired a new one after you made your booking, bring both)
  • • Down or synthetic feather sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • • Clothes (warm/winter jacket, rain pants, hiking boots, poncho, winter hat, gloves)
  • • Water
  • • Snacks
  • • Toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, personal towel)
  • • Sun block, factor 35+ recommended
  • • Head lamp
  • • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • • Camera with spare batteries – batteries run down faster at high altitudes
  • • Binoculars
  • • Trekking poles (recommended especially for the steep descents, can be rented from us), must have rubber tips


  • • Easy
  • • Moderate
  • • Difficult
  • • Challenging
  • • Demanding